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Saquon Barkley to Giants: If you’re going to franchise tag me, just get it over with

Former Penn State running back Saquon Barkley saw his offseason routine begin a little earlier than a year ago, which means his focus on his contract situation has come into focus earlier than desired. And once again, what the Giants do with Barkley will be a big offseason topic of conversation, and Barkley does not seem thrilled about where things may go.

After having his contract situation drawn out into training camp last offseason, Barkley was back in a Giants uniform on a one-year contract after the Giants used the franchise tag on their star running back. Barkley is fully aware he could go through that whole routine once again, and he doesn’t seem too enthusiastic about it.

“They did it last year. So, I’m numb to it,” Barkley said on Monday (according to ESPN), a day after the Giants wrapped up their season by missing the playoffs but handing the rival Philadelphia Eagles a loss, in which Barkley scored twice. “I don’t have any feelings toward that at all. If you’re going to do it, just don’t wait until March 5. Just get it over with. If not, let me go. Simple.”

Barkley is set to become an unrestricted free agent at the age of 27. Having already dealt with some injury concerns early in his professional career, Barkley shouldered a load for the Giants this season by starting all 14 games he played. The Giants have many offseason items on the to-do list to improve the roster, and a highly-paid running back may not necessarily be in the cards with the franchise’s vision of taking the next step.

So was Sunday Barkley’s last game in a Giants uniform? Are the Giants about to draw out this contract situation again? We’ll see. Either way, Barkley seems ready to not waste time figuring out his next step in the NFL.

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Story originally appeared on Nittany Lions Wire